Antony recommends disciplinary action against Lt. General Avadhesh Prakash

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New Delhi, Jan 27 (ANI): Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday recommended disciplinary action against Lt. General Avadhesh Prakash, who has been indicted by the Court of Inquiry (CoI) which was investigating the Sukhna Land Scam, according to sources.

Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor had earlier recommended initiating administrative action against the indicted officers.

Earlier in the day, Lt. General Prakash was removed from the post of Military Secretary. He was scheduled to retire from the service on January 31,2010.

The CoI had indicted Lt. General Prakash and Lt General P K Rath for their role in issuing a no objection certificate to a private firm, which falsely claimed to establish an affiliate of the famous Ajmer-based Mayo College on land adjacent to the Sukhna military station in Darjeeling.

Lt General Prakash is one of the top eight Principal Staff Officers at the Army headquarters.

Lt-Gen P K Rath was commander of the crucial 33 Corps based in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, under which the Sukna military station comes.

The Defence Ministry had cancelled the appointment of Lt. Gen. Rath as the new Deputy Army Chief (Information Systems and Training).

Lt Gen Rath's, former deputy, Lt. Gen. Ramesh Halgali is currently commanding the 11 Corps at Jalandhar. The Commission of Inquiry has also apparently indicted some other officers in the chain of command. (ANI)

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